Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had a little fun Wednesday when asked about the team possibly signing Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne.

"Our scout Down Under has been on this for some time now," Carroll joked. "But he's an incredible athlete and a great competitor, so we'll see where it goes. I'm afraid to mention anything because I'm not sure of the rights things and contract issues down there. We'll leave that up to [Seahawks general manager] John [Schneider] to figure out."

Hayne, 26, announced earlier this week that he is retiring from the National Rugby League to pursue a career in the NFL. He made a visit to Seattle in September, making an appearance at the Seahawks' facility after meeting University of Washington coach Chris Petersen at Husky Stadium.

Carroll said he did not meet Hayne when the rugby star visited the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. When asked specifically about Hayne, Carroll was a bit coy.

"I don't think I'm able to talk about that," Carroll said. "We couldn't talk about a player on another [NFL] team, so I don't want to mess it up. But it's a pretty exciting thought.

"I've always thought it would be cool to recruit down [in Australia] and all that because there are some great players, and it's a great game. It's a very physical and demanding game, so those guys have all the same stuff we're looking for in our guys."

When Carroll's normal news conference ended, Dave Pearson, the Seahawks' vice president of communications, said Carroll was just having fun.